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December 26, 2008

Volunteer continues tradition at Ronald McDonald House

Tsui makes sure patients, families get holiday meal

DANVILLE -- The halls of the Danville Ronald McDonald House were filled with families and children, the smells of turkey and ham and a busy Victor Tsui -- who was running around answering the phone, taking care of visitors and cooking a huge Christmas meal for all those staying at the center during the holiday.

For the past three years, Tsui, originally from Hong Kong and now living in Bloomsburg, has cooked an enormous Christmas dinner for the families staying at the home on the Geisinger Medical Center campus.

The meal this year included two turkeys, ham, salad, potatoes, stuffed mushrooms, bread and pies -- among much more.

Around 12:30 p.m., Tsui was frantically racing through the kitchen checking the ovens and stove, stirring gravy, cutting pie and fixing the final trimmings in preparation to have the meal ready for 1 p.m. It ran to 4 p.m. to give those attending flexibility throughout the afternoon to stop by at leisure.

He said he expected 36 people, but was ready in case more families decided to stop by and eat.

"I do this for other people," Tsui, a volunteer at the home for five years, said, "so other (volunteers) can stay home with their family. And if people are here in the hospital for Christmas, they don't want to make a meal. It's difficult. I do this so they can enjoy time with their family."

Tsui said he loves to cook and recruited a friend who was visiting from California to help.

Shazia Aziz said they did some prep work Wednesday night and arrived at the Danville house at 7 a.m. Christmas morning to start all the cooking.

"It's been fun," she said, "I didn't expect this."

Tsui said he usually makes the menu and buys most of the food himself. The house provides the turkeys.

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